Abu Dhabi school’s work experience programme is hit with pupils

Al Yasmina School, in Khalifa City A, launched its work experience scheme for year 10 and 12 pupils in 2012, together with Al Bateen School, a fellow Aldar Academies establishment.

ABU DHABI // Pupils say a scheme exposing them to the world of work has helped them decide the career path they want to take after university.

Al Yasmina School, in Khalifa City A, launched its work experience scheme for year 10 and 12 pupils in 2012, together with Al Bateen School, a fellow Aldar Academies establishment.

“The idea is to promote independence and for students to become more proactive in their own development,” said Anna Howell, university and careers adviser at Al Yasmina. “It also helps them become better prepared for the transition from education to work and gives them an insight into the kinds of skills and attitudes required by employers.”

The two-part scheme gives those in year 10 a chance to sample working life in a placement they enjoy - be it with a family member or somewhere they would love to go, such as Yas Waterworld, said Ms Howell.

“After this placement, students realise how much hard work goes on behind the scenes while everyone there is enjoying themselves,” she said.

In year 12, however, pupils are encouraged to choose an industry that is related to their future university course, or their area of interest.

“This can be done through family contacts initially, otherwise staff members assist students with an initial introduction to employers,” said Ms Howell. “We have built up a wealth of contacts in Abu Dhabi who are very keen to assist our students as much as possible.”

More initiatives that help teenagers become more independent and aware of the working world would be hugely beneficial, she added.

“It reinforces independence, self-reliance, flexibility and an insight into a variety of different work sectors they may not have considered otherwise,” she said.

Al Yasmina pupil Kate Ferrier, 18, recently did work experience at Dubai Media City.

“Having hands-on experience with the marketing department showed me that so much work goes into the smooth running of these big operations and companies,” said the British/Thai expatriate. “I learnt how to work with a wide range of people in making deals, pitching ideas and creating advertisements, and it was extremely enjoyable.

“At the start I had very little knowledge of how a marketing department worked and now that I have done some work experience there I am a lot more interested in the whole area.”

Classmate Zain Mustafa said studying GCSE food technology had sparked an interest in restaurant production and management and did his work experience at Circle Cafe in Khalifa City A.

“We discovered new aspects of the kitchen every day,” said the 18-year-old Pakistani. “We also got to work on the restaurant floor, learning the etiquette of customer service.

“I also learnt how to work under pressure and think quickly on my feet.

“It definitely helped me. I advise everyone to go out there and explore your options.”

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